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Bafana 0-0 Congo FT— robertmarawa (@robertmarawa) October 15, 2014
Bafana 0-0 Congo FT
BAFANA 0-0 CONGO
Great action shot from #BafanaBafana game in Polokwane tonight pic.twitter.com/ypIz56Yq4R— Tom Eaton (@TomEatonSA) October 15, 2014
Great action shot from #BafanaBafana game in Polokwane tonight pic.twitter.com/ypIz56Yq4R
87' Masango and Manyisa combination finds space with a back heel from Oupa with Masango slotting it home, goal!
Offside. Second offside goal of the evening.
A draw still leaves @bafanabafana in pole position. 8 points so far. a win against #sudan should do it Top TWO through @thabanihlon— Neal Collins (@nealcol) October 15, 2014
A draw still leaves @bafanabafana in pole position. 8 points so far. a win against #sudan should do it Top TWO through @thabanihlon
74' Dean Furman finds Manyisa who runs into a bunch of Congo players
67' Thulani 'Cream' Serero off for Oupa 'Ace' Manyisa. South Africa 0 - 0 Congo #AFCON2015— Official PSL (@OfficialPSL) October 15, 2014
67' Thulani 'Cream' Serero off for Oupa 'Ace' Manyisa. South Africa 0 - 0 Congo #AFCON2015
60' free-kick against SA. Congo slot it in good header to the far post, player wide open and goal.
Offside. Sigh of relief for Bafana captain.
CORRECTION: Second half for @Banyana_Banyana, our girls drawing 1-1 with #ghana at #AWC in #Namibia. 52mins— Neal Collins (@nealcol) October 15, 2014
CORRECTION: Second half for @Banyana_Banyana, our girls drawing 1-1 with #ghana at #AWC in #Namibia. 52mins
51' Thulani Hlatshwayo tries to put a cross in the soaring wet weather but fails. Tight game.
To all the clever people out there: What would a draw mean in this match? #BafanavsCongo #AFCON2015— Mr. P (@Percyoung) October 15, 2014
To all the clever people out there: What would a draw mean in this match? #BafanavsCongo #AFCON2015
Heavy rain in #polokwane. Always feel that helps the strikers. @rantietokelo should be used to soggy @afcbournemouth! @bafanabafana 0-0— Neal Collins (@nealcol) October 15, 2014
Heavy rain in #polokwane. Always feel that helps the strikers. @rantietokelo should be used to soggy @afcbournemouth! @bafanabafana 0-0
Bafana Bafana need to be more composed on the ball. Supporting a player much quicker than they were doing in the first half. Jali trying to push up further but Congo disrupting play continuously.
Senzo made the only vital save of the game as most of the play is stuck in the middle with Congo not allowing SA to play their game.
SA 0-0 CONGO
38' Bafana are finding it difficult to move into spaces with support. Lacking lots of fluidity but at the same time Congo has been diminishing space quickly at the same time.
25' Corner slotted in troubles Senzo and he pushes out for Jali to get and the midfielder tries to find Rantie who has immense pace but looses out to the defender.
South Africa 0-0 Congo
It's been a stop-start affair, with both sides looking to break up the play with fouls.
We're entering the final stretch now, with just four minutes of injury time left on the clock.
Close! South Africa find the back of the net following a well worked move involving Manyisa, but it won't count. The referee's assistant is flagging for offside.
There's roughly five minutes left on the clock. Will we see a late winner in Polokwane tonight?
Close! Erasmus collects a Jali's pass on the edge of the area before unleashing a powerful shot which goes just wide of the left-hand post.
There are some tired legs out there, and Vilakazi will be looking to take advantage of that.
Substitution: Sibusiso Vilakazi comes on for Rantie.
South Africa have yet to find the mark tonight. All four of their shots have failed to hit the target.
Rantie breaks into the danger area and sets himself to shoot, but is dispossessed at the last moment. The ball falls to Masango, who side-foots wide from the edge of the area.
South Africa have not shown enough invention in the final third and they look to force their way through, only for Massa Massa to quickly step off his line and snap up the ball.
Dean furman looks to launch an attack on the edge of the Congo area but the move breaks down after the referee signals for offside. That's much better from Bafana.
It's been a muted performance from South Africa, which is in stark contrast to their high-energy display in Point-Noire at the weekend.
Mashaba is cutting a frustrated figure on the touchline after seeing another attacking move break down.
Substitute Oupa Manyisa fires over the bar from outside the area, with his first touch of the game. Manyisa came on for Serero just two minutes prior to his effort on goal.
Close! Ferebony Dore heads just wide after breaking clear of Khumalo in the centre of the area. Another warning for the hosts...
Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba decides to shake things up, bringing on Kermit Erasmus for the ineffective Ndulula.
Rantie has switched flanks and almost races clear of his marker, only to be hauled down from behind. Free-kick to Bafana.
The Red Devils find the back of the net following a well worked set piece, but the goal is chalked off for offside.
The hosts are looking to find Rantie with a long, diagonal balls but he is muscled off the ball and Congo reclaim possession.
Congo very nearly sneak in at the left by-line but the ball is adjudged to have crossed the line. Goal kick to South Africa.
Congo are focusing the majority of their play down the right-hand flank and threaten again with a cross which is punched clear by Meyiwa. The Orlando Pirates 'keeper is clattered and the referee awards South Africa a free-kick.
Mathoho has looked solid tonight and he is called into action once again to head clear from a dangerous cross into the danger area.
Masango manages to beat the offside trap and drives toward goal, only for the referee to bring play back for Ndulula's foul on a Congo defender.
South Africa have been pegged back in their own half as Congo pile on the pressure. Congo can reclaim pole position in Group A with a win tonight, while Bafana need three points to secure qualification for Morocco 2015.
The rain is really starting to pour now, while there was the threat of a thunder storm towards the end of the first stanza.
The second half gets under way, South Africa playing from right to left.
The hosts are struggling to impose themselves on proceedings and will disappointed with their first-half showing. They just don't appear to have got going tonight.
Congo are knocking on the door at the moment, but the Bafana defence is holding firm at the moment.
Bafana win another corner after some great build-up play from Andile Jali and Masango, but it goes to waste as Eric Mathoho heads over the bar.
Ndulula chases a Congo back-pass and very nearly catches goalkeeper Massa Massa, who clears the ball at the last moment.
Close! Congo win a corner and from the resulting ball into the box, Meyiwa makes an acrobatic diving save to deny Delvin N'Dinga's goal-bound header.
There has been a distinct lack of goalmouth action, but this encounter has most certainly not been a bore draw thus far.
South Africa look to launch a quick counter-attack, but are caught offside once again.
Khumalo wins a free-kick inside his own half after being tackled from behind. South Africa are struggling to get out of their own half at the moment, with Congo pushing higher up the pitch.
Congo have settled well after a nervy opening 20 minutes, and have been moving the ball around nicely on the slick Peter Mokaba Stadium pitch.
The Red Devils threaten from a corner as Meyiwa quickly runs off his line to punch the cross clear of danger.
That's much better from Congo! A cross from the right flank is fired to the back post but the resulting header from Arnold Bouka-Moutou hits the side netting. Meyiwa had that one covered, though.
Bafana try two long balls over the top in quick succession, but on both occasions the move breaks down due to an offside call.
The hosts win their first corner of the match, but Thulani Hlatshwayo's cross is easily cleared by the Congo defence.
The rain is started to come down in Polokwane and will undoubtedly affect proceedings.
Thulani Serero wins a free-kick for South Africa on the left flank after being brought to the ground by a clumsy challenge. The chance comes to nothing, though, as Sibusiso Khumalo fires over the bar after skipping past one challenge.
The hosts are looking to slow things down now and hold on to the ball. They appear to be quite content to knock the ball around at the back and invite Congo forward.
Rantie beats his marker on the right flank before cutting inside and playing a low cross into the danger area. However, the ball is intercepted and cleared by the Red Devils defence.
Bafana attacking duo Tokelo Rantie and Bongani Ndulula are struggling to make an impact in the final third, while Congo are also finding it hard to fashion any clear-cut chances.
It's end-to-end stuff at the moment but the final ball has been poor at both ends of the pitch.
The match has started at a frenetic pace, with both sides looking to claim a crucial early goal.
And we're off! South Africa playing from left to right at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Senzo Meyiwa has kept three clean sheets in the absence of Itumeleng Khune, and will be targeting a fourth tonight.
Thabo Matlaba misses out through injury, while youngster Rivaldo Coetzee is handed his second cap after a solid debut performance in Point-Noire on Saturday.
A win against Congo on Wednesday will secure South Africa's place at the 2015 showpiece in Morocco, while the second-placed Red Devils need a positive result to keep their campaign on track.
Bafana Bafana head into this clash with their unbeaten record intact, following a 2-0 victory over the very same opponents on Saturday.
Welcome to our coverage of Wednesday's AFCON 2015 qualifying clash between South Africa and Congo-Brazzaville in Polokwane.
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